Gripped - - BACK TO BASICS -

Sport climb­ing is about per­for­mance. Al­ways warm up. In­juries of­ten re­sult from push­ing too hard too soon. Study a topo, look at the route from the ground and try to sort out where you can get a good rest. Don’t over-grip, hang with straight arms and re­mem­ber to use your legs. Learn­ing how to con­trol your pump will im­prove your send­ing po­ten­tial. Fo­cus on keep­ing your body close to the wall, main­tain­ing three points of con­tact and mov­ing in a con­trolled way. Watch other climbers move and try to learn their tricks. Find a pro­ject and re­peat the crux in your lo­cal gym to dial it. Climb­ing is not all about the grade, but if your goal is to im­prove your grade then fo­cus on per­for­mance.

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